Radio Room Reporter

The Toronto Star

 
 
 
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Once upon a line: How the Toronto Library’s Dial-a-Story program helped this child of refugees learn English, one call at a time

At age 6, a little boy with a lisp is told by his parents if he wants to succeed in Canada, he has to learn English. He’s the son of two refugees from Vietnam, neither of whom speak the language. So his mother calls the Dial-A-Story program, a Toronto Public Library service that lets kids and their families call in to listen to a bedtime story at any time of day, free.

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Dozens of photographers and videographers still unpaid for work during Pride 2018 as marketing company says it has no money

At least 35 freelance photographers and videographers have still not been paid by a marketing company for work during Toronto’s 2018 Pride festivities, several months later.

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Pride Toronto to begin paying freelancers hired by Moov Marketing during Pride Week

Pride Toronto will begin paying dozens of freelancers who were never paid for work done during Pride week after the marketing firm that hired them didn’t foot the bill.

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PRIDE TORONTO FESTIVAL TO RECOGNIZE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STONEWALL RIOTS

Pride Toronto says this year’s celebrations will return to the group’s roots as a protest movement to honour the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots — one of the landmark moments in the fight for LGBTQ rights.

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RACCOONS BUST INTO TORONTO WOMAN’S HOME, STARE HER DOWN WHILE DEFIANTLY EATING HER BREAD

It was a night like any other when the raccoons made their move. Toronto resident Jenny Serwylo had enjoyed a quiet evening at home Tuesday and had gone to bed when she was startled awake by noises coming from her kitchen.

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MOTHER AND SON TO BE REUNITED AFTER CANADIAN MAN, ACCUSED OF ABDUCTING HIS TODDLER IN 1987, ARRESTED IN CONNECTICUT

A Brampton mother will be reunited with her child 31 years after her estranged husband vanished with their son during a court-ordered visitation.

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TORONTO POLICE INCREASE SECURITY AROUND PLACES OF WORSHIP IN WAKE OF PITTSBURGH SHOOTING

After a man allegedly shouting anti-Semitic slurs opened fire inside the Tree of Life Congregation in east Pittsburgh, killing 11 people and wounding six, Toronto authorities are taking extra precautions. 

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MAN IN HIS 60S DIES AS TORONTO MATCHES LAST YEAR’S HIGH FOR PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLIST DEATHS

Two years after city council approved a plan to end traffic deaths, Toronto appears to have matched a recent one-year high for pedestrian and cyclist fatalities.

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‘I’M GOING TO TAKE A NAP.’ FOUR-YEAR-OLD GOES VIRAL AFTER COACH DAD MIC’D HIM UP AT HOCKEY PRACTICE

Kids say the darndest things. That’s why a video of a 4-year-old hockey player is shooting straight into hearts all over the internet.

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The Toronto Wolfpack’s new mascot gets the Internet howling

He’s been likened to a Toys R’ Us reject and lambasted as a mockery of the sport’s fan base, but the Toronto Wolfpack is standing by its new mascot Gordo, and insists he’s still “pretty lovable.”

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MISSISSAUGA REMOVING INDIGENOUS-THEMED MASCOTS, IMAGERY FROM ALL SPORTS FACILITIES

The City of Mississauga is removing Indigenous-themed mascots, symbols, names and imagery from all of its athletic facilities following a settlement that “addresses the harmful impact of stereotypes” on youth.

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